By Derek Smithson
West Ham are edging closer to signing striker Javier Hernandez from Bayer Leverkusen, according to a report.
The Daily Mirror claim that the Hammers are looking to complete a deal for the 29-year-old and beat off Premier League rivals Chelsea for his signature.
It is understood that the forward has a £13million release clause in his contract with German club Leverkusen and West Ham are prepared to make him their highest paid player.
The report details that Slaven Bilic’s side are moving closer to a deal for Hernandez and that it could be announced by the end of the week.
Slaven Bilic has been in the market for a top-class striker to bolster this squad this summer and it appears that he may finally get his man.
Hernandez is no stranger to the Premier League and became a highly popular figure during his five-year spell with Manchester United.
The deadly finisher scored 59 goals in 158 appearances for United and became renowned as an impact substitute.
He has since become a crucial player for Leverkusen and netted 39 times in 76 appearances for the Bundesliga side.
Hernandez has also proven himself on the international stage and has 48 goals during his 96 senior caps for Mexico.
Football Insider verdict:
West Ham will be making a real statement if they can get a deal for Hernandez over the line and he is exactly the type of player required at the London Stadium. The Hammers lacked a permanent goal threat last season in their side and the injury-prone Andy Carroll can’t be relied upon for the main source of goals. Hernandez would bring a freshness to the starting line-up and may feel he has a point to prove in coming back to the Premier League. His pace makes him a nightmare for defenders and he also has the intelligence to get into space around the 18-yard box. A potential £13million deal could be seen as a bargain in todays market and it would be no surprise to see him chip in with 15-plus goals at West Ham next season.
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